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On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will pass over the Pacific Northwest. The solar industry’s success in California means that the electric grid operators will have to plan for a period of time when the sky goes dark and solar generation plummets. While the generation loss is significant, it’s not the only problem.
Leon Szeptycki is the executive director of Water in the West, a joint project by the Center and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. Recently, Leon spoke with the Stanford News Service about the extremes of the western climate and the importance of seeking solutions for western water issues.
“Arriving to work at Yellowstone National Park,” writes Amelia Traylor, “I was thrilled to arrive among real-world examples from my previous science education.”
Jamie Rodriguez arrived at the National Council of State Legislatures just as it was scrambling to answer lawmakers' questions about the Election Integrity Commission's voter data requests.
The high cost of rural life; does Wyoming need another coal mine? Alaskan Native Groups weigh unification; and can bison stamp out climate change? Some of the best recent stories.
Aug 1 2017 | ... & the West Blog
Welcome to the world of community health workers. The job, part medical aide and part social worker, is a tradition in poor and rural communities around New Mexico and well established in similar places around the country. But institutional recognition has been slow to come.
Jul 31 2017 | Out West student blog
“The Trust for Public Land is not concerned with preserving wilderness,” says Nate Marshall. “Instead, its mission statement, ‘land for people,’ reflects a broader, human-centric approach to conservation.”

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